CBS Chairman Accused of #MeToo Wrongdoing

Ronan Farrow is reporting on allegations about CBS chairman Leslie Moonves.

In the ongoing story of sleazy elites, Ronan Farrow is reportedly about to publish information about CBS chairman Leslie Moonves. We don’t yet know if these allegations are as serious as the ones Farrow made against Harvey Weinstein nor if the evidence is as substantial.

The Hollywood Reporter claims, “Leslie Moonves Accused of Sexual Misconduct in Ronan Farrow Exposé.

The New Yorker is poised to publish an article by Ronan Farrow that includes allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of embattled CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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A spokesperson for The New Yorker says, “We don’t comment on pieces we haven’t published.” Sources with knowledge of the article say it delves into the broader culture at CBS and will publish later today on the magazine’s website.

CBS said that it is investigating the claims made against Moonves. “All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously,” the network stated. “The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.”

CBS added: “The timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company’s very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members. Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners.”

The allegations are said in part to involve instances of unwanted kissing and touching that occurred more than 20 years ago, as well as numerous claims that occurred more recently.

Moonves […] has been married to CBS personality Julie Chen since 2004.

We can only wonder if one reason Farrow got his information is because some want to oust him out of the company. In this article going into detail about the merger, the Hollywood Reporter tells us about Moonves’ multi-million-dollar income and the kind of power he wields:

The inconceivable seemed possible after The Wall Street Journal published a Jan. 17 article saying that Redstone was “advocating for new blood” on the CBS board and was “dissatisfied” with succession strategy and “a general lack of long-range strategic planning” at the company. Those were fighting words, and CBS executives could only conclude that the “people familiar with the matter” cited as sources were Redstone surrogates.

The message seemed clear: Redstone, 63, feels it is imperative to move toward merger, and if Moonves, 68, isn’t willing to make it happen, he might be deemed expendable. “The Journal story was a shot across the bow: ‘We’re doing this with or without you,’ ” says one Viacom insider. Anyone with any sense of Moonves knows how staunchly he has guarded his prerogative to run his company free of interference. The strategy of firing across the Moonves bow, a CBS insider retorts, “shows no awareness of how Les is and no awareness of who needs who.” (Spokespersons for Redstone, Viacom and CBS declined to comment.)

Whether Redstone truly is prepared to part ways with Moonves, who is considered by many to be the best creative executive in the business and who received $69.6 million in compensation in 2016, is not yet clear.

Read the entire story.

It’s hard not to be gleeful at Moonves’ fall.

It’s hard to watch the TMZ people joking about putting Moonves out to pasture without it feeling like a foreshadowing of what’s to come.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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